Jonathan Rashad, The ‘Israeli’ Correspondent?
I’ll be brief and get straight to the point.
My name is Jonathan Rashad. I’m an Egyptian Citizen and a Freelance Photographer.
On August 21, 2011 Alwafd.org newspaper mentioned my name in an article claiming that I was Haaretz.com correspondent to cover the Israeli Embassy demonstration that took place on August 20, 2011 in Egypt, which is not true at all. I’ve always been a freelancer since I started my career + I would never work for an Israeli agency no matter what.
Here’s the first article link: ow.ly/68DH6
Worth mentioning , I was the first one to cover the #FlagMan story and get his name, photo and video as well. Since his story trended number 1 worldwide on that day, I saw my coverage almost in every single report about his story: articles, on TV …etc. One of those agencies that used my video was Haartez.com “the most famous Israeli newspaper”. Which is no big deal for me.
FlagMan photo I took that hit 40K+ views in less than 2 days.
FlagMan video I took that hit 100K+ views in less than 2 days.
Alwafd quoted Haartez article about the FlagMan story which included my photo & video and mentioned me being Haaretz correspondent in Egypt.
Wow. An Egyptian newspaper quoting a report about an event that took place in Egypt from an Israeli newspaper? What on mother earth would that be! And supposing that I was Haaretz correspondent just because my name is “Jonathan Rashad” was the bullet in the ass.
I was so damn pissed off to see that ridiculous article. I asked many friends of mine to help me out. You know, before it’s too late and I become the second Israeli spy in Egypt? – Don’t know. Anything is possible.
Anyway, I managed to reach the editor in chief of Alwafd. I was so angry when I called him. I told him that he should issue an apology statement included in the same article I was mentioned in and I threatened to sue him if I don’t get it within the hour. He apologized to me and promised to issue the statement in 10 minutes.
Oh, that was fast! He issued the statement just like what he said. In 10 minutes.
Wanna take a look at the SUPPOSED-TO-BE apology statement?
Here you go:
So instead of issuing an apology statement in the first article emphasizing their disastrous mistake they wrote a whole new article.
And guess what! Haaretz was the one to mention me as their correspondent! Oh, really? Here’s Haartez article if you want to make sure they didn’t mention my name. http://t.co/FbnyiHJ
They claimed that I am a “No Military Trials” member as well which is not true at all. And yet they amaze me with their bull-shit that I told them through an exclusive statement that ‘I adore the Egyptian soil’ (That’s what it literally means).
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT! I didn’t tell the editor in chief a damn thing about me over the phone.
That was really the sickest thing I have ever been through in my entire life!
و أسمع تعظيم سلام للصحافة المصرية